Elvis Last Concert 1977
ElVIS LAST LIVE CONCERT DVD
ELVIS - THE LAST FAREWELL - THE "REAL" FINAL - LAST PERFORMANCE - CONCERT DVD
For years, Elvis fans have wanted a release of Elvis last final concert performance given in Indianapolis, IN on June 26, 1977. For a while, we have had a dvd called "The Final Performance" which included about 12 minutes of footage from the last show (in terrible quality) and the rest of the footage making up the 60 minute production was taken from Chicago and other various May 77 shows. For the first time ever, we now have the complete final performance edited together from 7 alternate angles from the show (with an exception of It's Now or Never, it wasnt recorded from any angle, so other footage was placed here) and to make things even better, the sound has been perfectly synched to the origianl master audio source recorded in stereo from the audience, making this a fantastic live experience and the perfect time capsule to this wonderful performance. Elvis last concert DVD - songs included are:
The Twelth of Never (1994 David Briggs Overdub)
This song is set to the footage of Elvis landing in Indianapolis and accepting awards for the Moody Blue album. Elvis also takes time to pose for pictures with an RCA executive, while the Col. and the Memphis Mafia stand by.
2001 theme (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
C. C. rider (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
I got a women/amen (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Love me (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Fairytale (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
You gave me a mountain (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Jailhouse rock (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
It's now or never (footage from an alternate show, as nothing was recorded for this song)
Little sister (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Teddy bear/don't be cruel (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Please release me (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
I can't stop loving you (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Bridge over troubled water (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Early morning rain (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
What'd i say (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Johnny b. Goode (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Ronnie Tutt drum solo (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Jerry Scheff bass solo (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Sonny Brown piano solo (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
I really don't want to know (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Robert Ogdin piano solo (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Joe Guercio intro (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Jazzing In Vegas (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Hurt (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Hound dog (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Introducing Vernon (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Elvis thanks all of his crew, bandmates, bodyguards, and the fans. (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Can't help falling in love (Elvis can be seen shaking hands and hugging all of the singers and bandmates here.) (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Closing vamp (Elvis Presley Live June 26, 1977 - last concert)
Elvis last concert DVD live June 26, 1977 in Indianapolis
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Elvis very last concert live June 26, 1977 in Indianapolis DVD
Sweet Memories - Elvis Last Concert:
Indianapolis, June 26, 1977.
I had seen Elvis four times previously to include Baltimore, Maryland 1971 and Hampton Roads, Virginia 1972. I was assigned by the US Army to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana in September 1973 which allowed me the opportunity to see Elvis in Bloomington, Indiana on the campus of Indiana University in 1974 and 1976.
He had appeared in Indianapolis in 1975 at the Convention Center but I was visiting California at the time. A friend told me he attended because his girlfriend was an avid Elvis fan. He mentioned that Elvis gave a mediocre performance at best and even chastised the band at one point. In 1977, it appeared that Elvis, for whatever reasons, was not in the best of health and his apparently had an adverse impact on the quality of his performances during that period. The CBS Elvis In Concert television special, which included film from two 1977 performances of the final tour (Omaha, Nebraska and Rapid City, South Dakota) confirmed that. For me personally, it was painful to watch the rendition of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
However, in contrast, there were some excellent moments to include "How Great Thou Art" and a song that I have grown to really like after initially detesting it, "Unchained Melody." The infamous "bodyguard" book had been published and I must say that I believed much of it to be factual. The part regarding the "assassination" of Mike Stone was chilling. Elvis was clearly a tormented human being but it would not preclude me from seeing him. My wife and I arrived 30 minutes or so before the concert.
There were a few aisles of seats directly along the sides of the stage and speakers that had long rolls of white paper covering them. I am not sure if it was by design in an effort perhaps to conceal the fact that the show was not a total sellout which I do not know to be the case, or simply standard practice. I saw Neil Diamond at Market Square and do not recall the same thing. All in all, there were perhaps 30-40 seats covered and they were directly adjacent to the huge speakers. I could clearly see that every other seat was occupied and I believe the attendance was 18,000 plus. As the show began, J.D. Sumner came out and stated that the Stamps would be appearing in July at a local church for a gospel music event, but that "the kid would not be with us." He went on to say that Elvis "looks and sounds great."
The anticipation started immediately after it was clear that the intermission was coming to a close. The Hilton Horns, Joe Guercio's orchestra began the theme from 2001 and Elvis emerged to a sea of flashbulbs. I had binoculars and it was clear that Elvis had a slight bulge around the stomach area, but he looked pretty good in a white jumpsuit. Elvis came out and appeared to be observing the crowd, although I have often heard him say that he can't see but the first two or three rows of people. Charlie Hodge assisted him with his guitar and he broke into See See Rider followed by I Got a Woman. Love Me appeared to rekindle many memories for the audience. This song is one of my all-time favorites and was the biggest selling extended play 45RPM in history (5 or 6 songs on a 45 RPM size disk). RCA issued approximately 18 of these to include several from movies when an album was not released, i.e. Viva Las Vegas, Kid Gallahad, Tickle Me, Easy Come Easy Go and I believe 2 from King Creole. Fairytale, originally done by the Pointer Sisters, was well received while Lord, This Time You Gave Me a Mountain revealed that Elvis' voice was not "shot" as various critics were prone to say of the '74-'77 period. Jailhouse Rock resulted in a reaction similar to that of Love Me and was, from my viewpoint, the only negative aspect of the entire evening.
Apparently the drummer Larry Londin started before his cue which resulted in Elvis turning around and admonishing him somewhat to the effect, "Hey, I can't get off that fast" or something to that effect. The audience was somewhat startled but it quickly passed. I believe the surprise was because I have read that in recording sessions, regardless of who made a mistake, Elvis would always say it was his fault. He was never prone to throw tantrums, at least while recording with the exception of one movie soundtrack when he reportedly said, "What can you do with a piece of crap like this? Elvis was said to have greatly admired Sherrill Nielsen's voice which seems to account for his part in Ole Sole Mio/It's Now or Never. I believe I heard Elvis once say that It's Now or Never was his personal favorite and I believe his biggest selling single even today. Released not too long after his military service, this song and others like Surrender, indicated that Elvis was a genuine singing talent and quite frankly surprised many who thought Hound Dog was the extent of his ability - or lack thereof. Teddy Bear and Don't Be Cruel took many in the audience back to their teens while Release Me, originally done by Englebert Humperdink, was a pleasant surprise to those in the audience who had never heard Elvis' version. I Can't Stop Loving You is not one of my personal favorites but it is abundantly clear that Elvis truly enjoyed doing this song. Bridge Over Troubled Water was stunning. Paul Simon once said that Elvis' version was the finest he had ever heard of the song that he composed. In Rolling Stone Magazine, Simon said that after seeing
Elvis on one of his Ed Sullivan appearances, he ran all around New York City in an effort to find a shirt similar to the one Elvis wore on TV. In the same Rolling Stone article, Simon speaks fondly of taking his son to visit Graceland.
Elvis then went into introductions of the band members and at some point during the concert he introduced his father and "my new girlfriend" referring to Ginger Alden who was sitting about 12 rows back in the front. I recall that the audience gave her a rousing reception to include wolf whistles which prompted Elvis to say laughingly, "Ok, that's enough, you can sit down now."
After the general introductions, Elvis went to four individual musicians and performed a portion of the following songs accompanied only by them: Early Morning Rain, What I'd Say, Johnny B. Goode and I Really Don't Want to Know. After a short pause, he began Hurt which in my opinion demonstrated Elvis' phenominal vocal range. Originally done by Timi Yuro it remains the only song, in the five concerts that I saw, that Elvis did twice in the same concert. The reaction was so tremendous at Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana in 1976 that Elvis simply said, "I guess you want to hear it again."
The version on June 26, 1977 was just as good. When peaking of "voices" in rock and roll, in my opinion there are only a handful with exceptional singing ability. I admire Roy Orbison's, Crying and Gene Pitney's, I'm Gonna Be Strong and Tony Williams' of the Platters, My Prayer. Other than perhaps a few others who I can't specifically recall at this time, there are only a few who even come close to his ability to sing. Phil Spector, of the famous "wall of sound" produced many acts to include the Righteous Brothers, said "Elvis could sing a nything." Personally I have never heard a singer who could do equal justice to gospel, R&B, country and R&R. Hurt, in my opinion, is one of the finest songs I ever heard him perform in concert. Hound Dog was done for sentimental reasons and then the signal for the end came in the form of the opening of I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." It is truly a shame that this beautiful song from Blue Hawaii was never nominated for an Academy Award. A fine concert. James Burton or John Wilkerson was quoted in Jerry Hopkins' "The Final Years," that Indianapolis was "Rock and Roll all the way." I agree.
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